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John Zelimir Blazevich

(1955-01-01) January 1, 1955 (age 67)
Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
EducationB.S. in Finance and Marketing from University of Southern California
  • American Inventor
  • Entrepreneur
  • CEO
  • Philanthropist
Years active1980-present
Known forFounder, Contessa Premium Foods
  • Chief Executive Officer and President
    • Contessa Premium Foods
  • Chief Executive Officer and President
    • ViVA! Food Group

John Zelimir Blazevich (born January 1, 1955) is an American Invention, Entrepreneurship, and Philanthropy. He is best known for his work with shrimp aquaculture in Southeast Asia. Blazevich founded Contessa Premium Foods in Los Angeles, California, and served as the company’s president and CEO for 27 years.


In 1984, Blazevich founded Contessa Premium Foods in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California.[1] The company began as a small importer of seafood, Asian fruits and vegetables making over $4 billion in sales.

Blazevich has secured numerous international patents, trademarks and copyrights for a wide range of marketed products.[2]

In 2008, Blazevich built Contessa’s Green Cuisine plant,[3] the world’s first “green” LEED certified frozen food manufacturing plant.[1][4][5]

Environmental and Humanitarian Work

Blazevich first decided to build an energy-efficient factory when he learned that food manufacturers in the United States produce more than 150 million tons of Carbon dioxide emissions|carbon-dioxide emissions each year.[6]

Personal Life

Blazevich is engaged to Alex McLeod, American television host and entertainment news correspondent.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Breaking the Mold Fails to Pay for 'Green' Facility | Los Angeles Business Journal". Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  2. "Google Patents". Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  3. "Contessa Green Cuisine Review". Eco Child's Play. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2021-08-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Contessa Premium Foods Opens First and Largest LEED-Registered Frozen Food-Manufacturing Plant in the World". Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  5. Green Cuisine Food Plant - carbon neutral and first in the world LEED Certified, retrieved 2021-08-11
  6. "U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) - Ap". Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  7. "From coast to coast with Alex McLeod". Retrieved 2021-08-11.

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